Running can be a bit of a tedious activity sometimes. Sure, there’s something to be said for falling in love with your surroundings as you pound the pavement in your best workout gear. But more often than not, you might need something to help you push yourself a little faster. Running headphones have been essential to that process, and over the years, they’ve gotten quicker and lighter to help you do the same.
Earbuds, specifically designed to be worn while running, are a godsend for those that need some fast beats to help them along the way. Fortunately, companies have realized the inherent intensity of the activity. They have started to cut the wires, so the earbuds themselves are light and then reinforced them with a water and sweatproof construction to make sure they won’t fall apart on you. Oh, and extended battery life makes it so you can keep pushing yourself.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best running earbuds for you to use on your next jog. All that’s left is for you to cue up some killer tunes and put one foot in front of the other — our picks, below.
1. Jabra Elite Active 75t Running Earbuds
Jabra’s Elite Active line of earbuds has long been the running earbuds to beat, and their latest iteration (the 75ts) proves the reigning champ is here to stay. The angular shape of the buds rests securely in your ear when you’re in the groove. Speaking of grooving, the sound is clear and crisp, providing 7.5 hours of music on a single charge and up to a total of 28 hours with their included charging case. But most critically is the IP57 waterproofing, which will ensure no matter how sweaty you are, they’ll continue to keep working so you can continue to push it one step faster.
2. Beats Powerbeats Pro Running Earbuds
Our pick for the best runner-up (no pun intended) is Beats’ Powerbeats Pro running earbuds. Beats has been a bit maligned over the years but have strived to be better under Apple ownership. The real first indicator of success were these sport earbuds. The over-the-ear clip helps to lock the earbuds into place so you can freely move without concerns about the buds falling out, while also providing reinforced sweat and water resistance. Plus, the battery life on the Powerbeats boasts a staggering nine hours of continuous use, great to have if you’re training for a marathon or equally as long run. Plus, pairing them with an Apple device is a breeze.
3. LETSCOM Running Earbuds
If you’re a casual runner or someone that doesn’t want to spend an arm or a leg to get a decent set of running earbuds, these buds from LETSCOM will certainly do the trick. While they aren’t completely wireless (there’s a band that tethers the two earbuds together) they are IPX7 waterproof to ensure you can sweat it out and not have to worry about them not playing. On the audio front, one-button control lets you quickly shuffle between songs, while the battery life will last eight hours on a single charge. And, at $20, they’re priced perfectly for those who need something to get them moving.
4. EarFun Air Running Earbuds
If you’re considering spending a bit more cash on a pair of running earbuds, the EarFun Airs (which we just reviewed in-depth here) are a great investment. The sound quality (comparable to earbuds double the cost) on these alone is well worth the price, and that’s before you take into consideration the fast charging, in-Ear detection, IPX7 waterproofing, and impressive playback time. If you want a pair of Apple AirPod-like earbuds but don’t want to pay Apple prices — these are the ones for you.
5. Amazon Echo Running Earbuds
BEST VOICE CONTROL
If you’re someone that constantly is using voice commands to power your life, investing in Amazon’s new Echo EarBuds will be an inherently rewarding experience. Powered by Amazon Alexa, you can use the Echo to set timers to ensure you’re beating your record. Plus, the sweat-resistant earbuds provide strong support when you’re working. While the battery life is a little on the shorter end (about five hours), that is balanced by an immersive and crisp audio experience that will give you the boost of energy you need to make it over the finish line.
6. Bose SoundSport Free Running Earbuds
Leave it to the pros at Bose to engineer a set of running earbuds with world-class audio performance. The SoundSport Free earbuds were made to find the perfect intersection of sport and audio fidelity, making them an audiophile’s dream. While the earbuds themselves run a little large and might require some testing of the included ear tips to find that perfect fit, once you do, your perfectly curated running playlist will radiate through your ears in perfect harmony with your well-practiced running stride. The IPX4 rating ensures some resistance from sweat and water (avoid monsoons), and with five hours of playback time, you’ll be set for most long runs.
7. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Running Earbuds
Samsung’s Galaxy Bud earbuds are a relatively new entry into the earbud space. The bean-shaped earbuds provide all sorts of premium features like active-noise-control, improved bass and comfortable fit. Five minutes worth of charging can yield an hour’s worth of playback time. But the dynamic audio is really where it’s at, providing all sorts of quality sound for those who want it.
8. Jaybird Vista Running Earbuds
If you’re unsure of what you’re looking for and want another source to back your pick, well, Amazon’s Choice for best running earbuds is the Jaybird Vista. Fully waterproof, crushproof and sweatproof, these earbuds are made for those who have an active lifestyle regardless of whether or not they’re out and about running. Furthermore, the earbuds are extremely light in weight, meaning they’ll be even more comfortable without wires. Finally, a six-hour lifespan on a charge provides you with plenty of activity time to crush that run.
9. Sony WF-XB700 Running Earbuds
If you’ve already got a good pair of running earbuds but want to upgrade to something great, the Sony WF-XB700 running earbuds are worth the switch. With impressive nine-hour battery life, deep bass, comfortable fit, and water-resistance, the XB700s will quickly transform your running experience into something far, far superior to what came before. With impressive mics for phone calls and touch controls, they’ll be highly effective when you’re not running around too.
10. Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 Running Earbuds
BEST FOR LONG RUNS
If you’re the kind of runner that enjoys doing a 10 miler for breakfast, these running earbuds from Plantronics are for you. The BackBeat FIT 3100 lets a bit of ambient noise in so you can hear your surroundings a bit more. It’s the perfect balance of letting in the world around you a bit, while still making sure you can have your tunes to power you along on an extended trip. With a flexible and secure fit, sweatproof and waterproof construction, and fast charging time, you’ll be set to keep putting one foot in front of the other for hours.